Restaurants with Private Dining in Australia

  • Madoljai

    Madoljai

    For flavours that transcend the norm, take to Victoria’s Beaumaris to discover a...

  • Shokuiku

    Shokuiku

    Specialising in raw organic food to tantalise your tastebuds, Shokuiku is a welc...

  • Deer Duck Bistro

    Deer Duck Bistro

    Treat yourself and loved ones to an elegant dining experience at Deer Duck Bistr...

  • A Taste of India

    A Taste of India

    When the craving for big bold flavours and generous servings hit, make your way ...

  • The Fish Emporium
  • Mischief and Mayhem Wine Lounge

    Mischief and Mayhem Wine L...

    Providing a place to sit back for a moment and live life the way it should be en...

  • The Winery Kitchen

    The Winery Kitchen

    Espousing the paddock to plate philosophy in Seymour is The Winery Kitchen. Loca...

  • Yambu

    Yambu

    Be transported to the streets of South America without leaving Hobart, at Yambu ...

  • Other Side of the Moon Restaurant

    Other Side of the Moon Res...

    Other Side of the Moon offers contemporary Australian flavours and a casually el...

  • Quorum Restaurant

    Quorum Restaurant

    Set in a lovingly restored historic Victorian building in Warrnambool, Quorum Re...

  • Cinnamon Vic Park

    Cinnamon Vic Park

    When the craving for Indian fare calls, find your fix along the Albany Highway a...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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